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Eruvin 63: Why Joshua Died Childless

Regarding the prohibition of answering halakhah in the presence of one’s teacher: R. Eliezer tells his wife, Imma Shalom, that he doubts the one who taught halakhah in his presence would make it through the year. Which comes to pass. Which is plenty eerie – and he credits his prediction on this tradition that one is not allowed to teach halakhah before his teachers. Plus: The case of Yehoshua ben Nun, who indeed answered in the presence of Moshe… Or alternatively, his punishment ends up being “midah k’neged midah” – in that he prevents people from fulfilling “be fruitful and multiply,” and he did not father children. And he’s accused of not devoting enough time to learn Torah. Interestingly, the verse that teaches how all-consuming the study of Torah should be is from the Book of Yehoshua.


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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